Blessing Houses in 1935 For The Twelfth Night Of Christmas

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Trying to squeeze one more night out of the holidays? You're in luck. January 6th is Twelfth Night, a festival celebrated by some Christian sects. It recognizes the Epiphany (or, when the Three Wise Men first visited the baby Jesus), and traditions primarily involve feasts (hope you like King Cake).

German and Austrian customs for Twelfth Night include the driving away of evil spirits. The video below shows three men blessing houses in Tyrol, Austria in 1935. The ceremony is called "Little Christmas," and the men go door to door dressed as the Magi, reciting poems and waving incense before each family invites them into their home for a meal. It's a nice tradition, but we could do without the regretful face paint.